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by jmchevallier
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.
Replies: 61
Views: 13976

Re: Scary situation on Qatar Airways A320 this week.

Clearly wake turbulence !
By the way, it predated A380 by years as I remember such occurence on a Panam A300 between ORD and JFK in 1990 !

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by jmchevallier
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s
Replies: 59
Views: 10327

Re: Routing of non-stop flights Europe-Hong Kong during the 1980s

For a long time, BA enjoyed exclusivity rights on the London-HKG route. CX had to put a very strong case to break that exclusive rights and the first B747s were purchased for that route (CX before was operating L-1011 and a few old B707). As mentioned above, BR was granted traffic rights to HKG at t...

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by jmchevallier
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When was vacuum toilet introduced and replaced the old-school chemical toilet on Jetliners?
Replies: 10
Views: 2031

Re: When was vacuum toilet introduced and replaced the old-school chemical toilet on Jetliners?

I believe it was the B744, introduced in 1989.

I remember B763 and A313 fitted with blue water toilets, as well as B743.

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by jmchevallier
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which aircraft will replace KLM's 747-400 on AMS-MEX route?
Replies: 5
Views: 1724

Re: Which aircraft will replace KLM's 747-400 on AMS-MEX route?

Not sure, the 77W has poor hot and high performance due to its heavily loaded wing. 789 will probably do better.

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by jmchevallier
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers refuse to fly on Stinking aircraft
Replies: 15
Views: 4409

Re: Passengers refuse to fly on Stinking aircraft

Although being European, I ate durian while in Indonesia many years ago. I can confirm it tastes good !

In any convenient hotel of South east Asia, durian consumption is strictly prohibited, as the stench may spread to all rooms via the ventilation system...

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by jmchevallier
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years
Replies: 52
Views: 7121

Re: 3rd runway for MUC suspended by 5 years

What is with Europe not expanding? The hub waves at MUC are full with only non-prime time slots available. The new IST and the ME3 thank the Nimby of MUC. MUC needs that runway to remain the regional hub that it is. Bummer it isn't happening. Out of curiosity, besides the new IST, what European air...

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by jmchevallier
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Boeing have built the 747-500?
Replies: 56
Views: 10832

Re: Should Boeing have built the 747-500?

Another issue with the B747-600X was its increasing length, in order to improve the economics of the proposed aircraft.

At the end of summer 1996, it reached 85m (8m more than the B777-9), making the plane quite painful to accomodate at most big airports.

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by jmchevallier
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA Group chairman died in accident on business trip in France
Replies: 23
Views: 6513

Re: Hainan Airline founder died in 57 after in a fall

According to these local newspapers, it happened in Bonnieux, a scenic old city in the Luberon area : an outdoor fall of 10m in a small street.

Bonnieux is definitely not a typical place for a business trip, but a highly appreciated touristic area.

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by jmchevallier
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aéroports de Paris - monopoly
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: Aéroports de Paris - monopoly

ADP was partly privatized in 2006 and the French Government, which still owns 50.6% of the company, is considering to sell this remaining shareholding.

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by jmchevallier
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aéroports de Paris - monopoly
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: Aéroports de Paris - monopoly

Please remember that the British Competition Commission did not identify any competition concern between London airports until BAA was taken over in 2006 by a Spanish/Canadian/US consortium !

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by jmchevallier
Tue May 29, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe–Anchorage–Tokyo route?
Replies: 22
Views: 4415

Re: Europe–Anchorage–Tokyo route?

I flew several times the Russian route CDG-NRT and NRT-CDG in 1988 on JL B743 (before EIS of the B744), so the main issue was not range but perestroika. Another issue with this westward route is it implies a day flight as the time difference between departure and arrival is 4 or 5 hours only, not co...

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by jmchevallier
Tue May 22, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines Seoul Hub How long did it last?
Replies: 18
Views: 5046

Re: Northwest Airlines Seoul Hub How long did it last?

They had a hub in NRT, are you sure they had one in SEL too ?

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by jmchevallier
Sun May 20, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?
Replies: 25
Views: 2990

Re: Economy of Scales not applying to airports?

In matter of airport, small is beautiful ... and less expensive. A small terminal is easy to operate and user friendly, but you cannot operate 20 small terminals side by side. Neither airlines, forced to operate out of several terminals nor passengers lost between so many terminals would like it. So...

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by jmchevallier
Wed May 16, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YVR (Vancouver I'ntl) Airport Expansion 2037 Plan
Replies: 13
Views: 3587

Re: YVR (Vancouver I'ntl) Airport Expansion 2037 Plan

A new foreshore runway would severely disrupt environment of the Fraser river mouth and possibly have unforeseen consequences regarding river alluvions deposit. Addition of a close parallel runway on the southern side is certainly a safer and cheaper solution, although it would change the noise cont...

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by jmchevallier
Sun May 13, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 6248

Re: Air Koryo speculations

First point : Korea will not be unified, at least in the short term. So North Korea will become an independent nation of 25 million opening to the world. It will be in need to modernize and develop one or several airlines to keep a significant portion of the developping air traffic under the nationa...

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by jmchevallier
Sat May 05, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea
Replies: 41
Views: 7713

Re: North Korea requests opening of new international air routes and shows willingness to open its FIR to South Korea

The opening of North Korea airspace will be a game changer for South Korean aviation and will boost its competitivity : - INC is located 25km only off the DMZ, which severely impacts North approach capacity and would impeach further capacity increase at the airport - all flights to and from Europe a...

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by jmchevallier
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no Busan to HNL
Replies: 35
Views: 3793

Re: Why no Busan to HNL

PUS longest RWY is 3200m long, enough for supporting flights to US East coast as well as Europe by modern twin WB like A359 or B789.
The new RWY14/32 need not be longer.

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by jmchevallier
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no Busan to HNL
Replies: 35
Views: 3793

Re: Why no Busan to HNL

Current PUS airport features a 3 200m long runway, with capability to accomodate A350 or B789 departures up to JFK, so the airport characteristics are not the issue for the development of WB services to HNL or beyond ! PUS is suffering 3 shortcomings : - a closely located 600m high hill in the landi...

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by jmchevallier
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTA to Denpasar Bali in the late 1980s?
Replies: 46
Views: 4799

Re: UTA to Denpasar Bali in the late 1980s?

I flew frequently on UTA DC10-30, then B742, 743 and 744, and to my knowledge they never flew to DEN, although there were possible connections thru SIN and JKT.

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by jmchevallier
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai runway to close for 6 weeks in 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 5864

Re: Dubai runway to close for 6 weeks in 2019

The main culprit of the poor condition of DXB runways is not the A380, but the B77W : - they are more numerous than A380 - their 6 wheel main landing gear posts are smaller and more heavily loaded at MTOW than the A380's. I remember Boeing powerfull lobbying 15 years ago to get ICAO approval on a fa...

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by jmchevallier
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Ethiopian Airlines to order 10-20 B777X
Replies: 45
Views: 9048

Re: Ethiopian Airlines to order 10-20 B777X

A350-1000 : MTOW 308T, engines 2 x 97 000lb, wing area 445sqm
B778 : MTOW 352T, engines 2X 105 000lb, wing area 480sqm (?).

So the B778 has 14.3% more TOW, over a 7.9% larger wing, driven by 8.2% more powerful engines. Not a significant difference !

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by jmchevallier
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airports are most likely to top ATL as world's busiest in the next decade?
Replies: 15
Views: 3053

Re: Which airports are most likely to top ATL as world's busiest in the next decade?

Most likely candidates to top ATL are DWC and IST, ahead of ICN, HKG and SIN (if they build a 4th runway). IMO PEK will not go far beyond 100 Mppa for lack of terminal capacity : please remember also that Daxin new airport will open next year. ATL also has some expansion plan of its own including a ...

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by jmchevallier
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?
Replies: 22
Views: 2542

Re: Lhassa Gonggar: why no A320s, B738s?

The issue at Lhassa is not only take-off capacity of a given plane, but also its ability to cruise with one engine off over pretty high altitude ground !

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by jmchevallier
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo
Replies: 95
Views: 19238

Re: Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines takes delivery of first A321neo

Surprisingly, this aircraft was at PAE, Boeing home turf, next week, parked for several days in front of ATS hangar !

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by jmchevallier
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airport design, why are departures normally on top of arrivals?
Replies: 18
Views: 5477

Re: Airport design, why are departures normally on top of arrivals?

Better to separate terminal landside and airside : - on landside, it is customary to have departures at the upper level (when there are 2 levels) and arrivals at the lower level, as detailed above. - on airside, ground floor is usually dedicated to baggage handling and remote gates. Departures and a...

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by jmchevallier
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover
Replies: 83
Views: 19871

Re: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover

Kinda confusing...article says deadline was 6pm (I assume today) for all interested to submit non-binding offers, then goes on to say they have until Occtober to submit binding offers? What is the difference? Or is that the 6 month timeline on the bridge loan of the 600euros? Remittal of non-bindin...

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by jmchevallier
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines that have been all-747
Replies: 59
Views: 7873

Re: Airlines that have been all-747

QF was the only all B747 passenger airline, around the end of the 70s until they bought B767. At the time, they advertised as "Qantas, the all 747 airline". SQ never was, as they always kept a few B737 ( the -100 variant !), B727, B757 or A300/310 for short range destinations. Neither JL, ...

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by jmchevallier
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to Osaka/Kansai airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 10036

Re: What happened to Osaka/Kansai airport?

Are they still fighting the sinking issues at KIX? I remember a documentary a while back that discussed that issue at length Unfortunately, there is no way to "fight" the sinking issue. Over 25 years after completing reclamation, the sinking is still going on, over 5cm (2 inches) per year...

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by jmchevallier
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to Osaka/Kansai airport?
Replies: 24
Views: 10036

Re: What happened to Osaka/Kansai airport?

UKB gets what, 10 departures a day, if that? That's 2.5million annual pax, aircraft fees, resources etc that could be directed elsewhere. Japan's business traffic flows are what they are, but ITM being closed and UKB never being been built, would go a long way toward addressing some of the issues K...

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by jmchevallier
Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any news on A350-2000/777-10?
Replies: 31
Views: 6157

Re: Any news on A350-2000/777-10?

Wondering if anyone has heard anything lately on the status of the A350-2000/stretch or 777-10x. The last news was from July, with Boeing wanting to wait until Airbus decided on the A350. I was under the impression that decisions on both would be made at the end of the year, which we are rapidly ap...

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by jmchevallier
Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should UA have gotten rid of the 762?
Replies: 54
Views: 8398

Re: Should UA have gotten rid of the 762?

There were 10, not 8, CO 762s (all built between 2000-2001). They were much different than the 762s AA, UA, DL and US were flying around. Better, more efficient engines, 777 style interiors, PTVs and modern glass cockpits. They however had two distinct problems that once oil spiked around 2008 beca...

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by jmchevallier
Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Heathrow operations with 3rd runway
Replies: 4
Views: 1428

Re: Heathrow operations with 3rd runway

Usually, the most effective way to operate a 3 independent runway system is as follows : - center runway for departures - one of the outer runway for arrivals, with occasional departures - the other outer runway in mixed mode, adjustable to the instant traffic mix. Then the separation between simult...

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by jmchevallier
Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nonstop flights between Europe and Chengdu?
Replies: 15
Views: 3954

Re: Nonstop flights between Europe and Chengdu?

B-HOP wrote:
AY has Chonqing, which is less than 100km from Chengdu


Chengdu-Chongqing = 300 km, comparable to Paris-London (340 km). China is a very large country !

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by jmchevallier
Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific didnt serve Europe till 1980?
Replies: 17
Views: 3846

Re: Cathay Pacific didnt serve Europe till 1980?

What about Royal Brunei? did they serve London when they were under UK. their 727-100 used to flly upto Dubaii if I'm not mistaken, did it continue onwards? At the time of the British protectorate, which lasted until 1984, Royal Brunei was flying only B732 to regional destinations, primarily Singap...

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by jmchevallier
Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was the B767 more popular than the 757 in Japan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1640

Re: Why was the B767 more popular than the 757 in Japan?

I mean Cebu Pacific had used B757s for a bit but they just seem like the only carrier in asia other than Tibet, Azerbaijan Airlines, Raya Airways, Tajik Air and some others. B757 were also operated by some Chinese carriers in the 90s ans early 2000s : Shanghai Airlines, China Southern. Regarding Ja...

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by jmchevallier
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 1h20m Transfer Time At Séoul ICN, Sufficient?
Replies: 3
Views: 739

Re: RE: 1h20m Transfer Time At Séoul ICN, Sufficient?

Yes, not a problem to transfer in 1:20. The walking distances are not terrible, if you are too slow.. You will spend more time in the security line depending on the time of day arriving in ICN. N757KW I am pleased to confirm that it should be sufficient : no people mover (the one at ICN is painful ...

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by jmchevallier
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Seoul
Replies: 25
Views: 3909

Re: United and Seoul

doug_or wrote:
I believe there may be some runway restrictions to long haul flying from PUS.

PUS runway is 3 200m long, more than sufficient to fly an A350 or a B789 to ORD or JFK/EWR.

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by jmchevallier
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Indonesia is planing Jakarta - LAX in 2017
Replies: 51
Views: 6965

Re: Garuda Indonesia is planing Jakarta - LAX in 2017

I'd be interested in learning more about this "weak runway" situation. I flew in and out of CGK a few times earlier this year. It was an easy enough experience, I s'pose. Didn't know anything about this problem with the runways. Can someone elaborate? Is it just a matter of time before th...

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by jmchevallier
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How hard is it to land at LGA?
Replies: 34
Views: 8917

Re: How hard is it to land at LGA?

Runways at MDW are 500ft shorter than at LGA !

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by jmchevallier
Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians
Replies: 165
Views: 11187

Re: Major Airport that changed names to honor politicinas

ACJ - Jimmy Carter Regional Airport - Americus, Georgia STT - Cyril E King Airport, US Virgin Islands, was known as Harry S Truman Airport until 1984 ICT - Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, Wichita, Kansas GRR - Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Michigan DCA - Ronald ...

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by jmchevallier
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Al Baker: De Juniac Cannot Be "Biased" At Iata
Replies: 12
Views: 3664

RE: Al Baker: De Juniac Cannot Be "Biased" At Iata

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/mercure1" class="quote" target="_blank">mercure1</a> (<a href="#3" class="quote">Reply 3</a>):<br/><i>Lets not forget, the next IATA chairman wa...

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by jmchevallier
Thu May 26, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprise! No BER In 2017?
Replies: 46
Views: 10410

RE: Surprise! No BER In 2017?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/seahawk" class="quote" target="_blank">seahawk</a> (<a href="#11" class="quote">Reply 11</a>):<br/><i>Planing for Munich took 30 years but the b...

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by jmchevallier
Thu May 26, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprise! No BER In 2017?
Replies: 46
Views: 10410

RE: Surprise! No BER In 2017?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/KarelXWB" class="quote" target="_blank">KarelXWB</a> (<a href="#4" class="quote">Reply 4</a>):<br/><i>I agree, the project is a farce. </i></fon...

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by jmchevallier
Mon May 23, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports With Too Much Capacity
Replies: 110
Views: 26596

RE: Airports With Too Much Capacity

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Beatyair" class="quote" target="_blank">Beatyair</a> (<a href="#17" class="quote">Reply 17</a>):<br/><i>Kansas City has three badly designed ter...

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by jmchevallier
Fri May 20, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Launching 767MAX: Would It Make Sense?
Replies: 62
Views: 19622

RE: Launching 767MAX: Would It Make Sense?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/AviatorW6" class="quote" target="_blank">AviatorW6</a> (<a href="#0" class="quote">Thread starter</a>):<br/><i>I have noticed that the operating...

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by jmchevallier
Mon May 16, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BFI And TLS - Why Went The Manufacturers There?
Replies: 30
Views: 4589

RE: BFI And TLS - Why Went The Manufacturers There?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/lightsaber" class="quote" target="_blank">lightsaber</a> (<a href="#8" class="quote">Reply 8</a>):<br/><i>Ironically, <acronym title="Toulouse -...

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by jmchevallier
Mon May 09, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will The 747-200 Outlive The 747-300?
Replies: 49
Views: 11753

RE: Will The 747-200 Outlive The 747-300?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/leyland1989" class="quote" target="_blank">leyland1989</a> (<a href="#18" class="quote">Reply 18</a>):<br/><i>For me, the 747-300 is a glorified...

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by jmchevallier
Sat May 07, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AF Have Purchased 748s Instead Of A388s?
Replies: 93
Views: 28432

Should AF Have Purchased 748s Instead Of A388s?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/scbriml" class="quote" target="_blank">scbriml</a> (<a href="#7" class="quote">Reply 7</a>):<br/><i>That must be why they operate so few Boeings...

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